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Councillor’s Newsletter
KEEPING YOU INFORMED
Dear residents,
A number of residents in the area of Johnwoods and
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Councillor Shad Qadri says City staff provided him with "misleading information" about the plan to convert Johnwoods Street into a park, and that he won't be asking the Planning Committee to stop it.

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Councillor Shad Qadri's June 3 letter to residents about Johnwoods

  1. 1. Councillor’s Newsletter KEEPING YOU INFORMED Dear residents, A number of residents in the area of Johnwoods and throughout the community have expressed their comments on the plan to convert a portion of Johnwoods Street from Rosehill to Maple Grove into a linear park. I would like to thank you for your patience as I have been reviewing the file with City staff to prepare additional information for residents. First and foremost I want to acknowledge that I do understand that this has been a frustrating matter for some residents as they feel their voice was not heard and they were provided misleading information. I share your frustration as I too was provided misleading information from the City. Over the past few years when residents and I have inquired about a public meeting to discuss this road conversion, we were told that no final decision would be made until there was a public consultation. This was the information that I was provided from staff and which I shared with residents. As your elected municipal representative, I apologize on behalf of the City of Ottawa for the misinformation that was provided to residents. I want to assure you that I do not take this situation lightly and find the situation very unsettling. At the public meeting on May 4, 2016 a suggestion was made that I could put forward a motion at the City’s Planning Committee to request an amendment to the Fairwinds West plan of subdivision to overturn the decision to convert the portion of Johnwoods to a linear park. When this suggestion first came forward, I had not had an opportunity to review it thoroughly; however, I did note that if such a motion was put forward there would be no guarantee it would succeed. Upon further review of the suggested amendment it has become clear that taking such an action would not result in any changes to the plan and therefore I will not be pursuing this course of action. I have consulted with Senior Planning Staff, the City Solicitor and Planning Committee Chair Jan Harder on this potential amendment. When the development came forward for approval I was required to declare a conflict of interest as I own property which backs onto the Councillor’s View INSIDE THIS ISSUE Potter’s Key Plan of Subdivision Approved 2 Myers Nissan Proposed at Palladium 2 Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) Changes 3 Kanata Academy now at 180 Huntmar 4 Summer Reminders 5 City Grass Cutting 7 Community Garage Sales 8 Arts in the Park 9 Lemonade Standemonium 9 …and more! development. Additionally, it was determined that if I was to reopen the file, I would again be placed in a conflict of interest. It would be very unlikely that another City Councillor would move such a motion as the reality is that the City has already approved this subdivision. If a Councillor was to receive support at Planning Committee and City Council for such an amendment to be approved at the City level, the developer would then appeal the decision to the province and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and I feel very confident in stating that the OMB would not support a decision to change the already approved plan. Having an item go forward to the OMB will take a large amount of time, effort and potentially finances from the community in representation of their interests to the Board. It is now time to move forward on this file. The next step is to discuss how this linear park will be constructed and what features could possibility be incorporated. Think about the potential this park could have and share your comments with me. I am not only your City Councillor; I am one of your neighbours, I am a parent and I am grandparent and I want to stress that the safety of residents, especially our children, is an utmost concern of mine. For additional information, please click here for background supplied by Planning Committee Chair, Jan Harder and the City’s Planning Department. -Shad Newsletter Date June 3, 2016

Councillor Shad Qadri says City staff provided him with "misleading information" about the plan to convert Johnwoods Street into a park, and that he won't be asking the Planning Committee to stop it.

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